ASUS F80S review [Laptop]

ASUS has been lately producing impressive range of laptops and netbooks. I see one common thing in ASUS products: amazing built quality. There is a fierce competition in the category where the ASUS F80s wants to compete in. Is it able to offer some good competition to it’s fellow competitors? With a ATI Radeon HD 3470 graphic card with 256MB RAM and 4GB RAM under it’s hood, it would be interesting to see how it performs.

Design and Build

As said earlier, the Asus notebooks always are build from great materials especially when it comes to the plastic. It has a basic black body and a glossy cover with a nice modern pattern. ASUS claims that the glossy surface is scratch resistant and it does seems so. Although, I won’t like to do any tests to prove myself wrong. Continue reading “ASUS F80S review [Laptop]”

TIP for Netbooks with small SSDs – move data to SDHC card or other external storage [Netbook]

Many people still go for the SSDs models for netbooks due to their rugged nature and more reliability. Manufactures often go for the SSDs with smaller storage capacities to keep the price of the netbooks down. The user of the netbook often has to face storage problems. I advice all of these users to use these tips to have some more free storage memory on their netbook.

Move location of “My Documents” to storage card: Do this by right-clicking on “my documents”>properties and change the target

Move the TEMP files to RAMdisk

  1. Press ‘windows’+break
  2. Go to advanced tab
  3. Click on Environment Variables
  4. For User Variables TEMP and TMP, edit and change it to R:/Temp where R: is our RAMdisk
  5. Do the same for System Variables TEMP and TMP too

Also, I would advice the users to use the RAMdisk to keep their device clutter-free. Move the Temporary internet files and firefox’s cache to the RAMdisk for performance and storage gains.

For IE:

  1. Go to Tools>Internet Options
  2. Under Temporary Internet Files, click on Settings
  3. Click on Move Folder and select R:/IEtemp

For FIREFOX:

Type browser.cache.disk.parent_directory in the filter box. If it does not exists, make one and give it this value R:BrowserCache and restart firefox

Here “R:” means your RAMdisk. Learn more about RAMdisk here.

HP releases Pavilion dv3

Normally, we do not cover notebook news much, but HP Pavilion dv3 has caught our attention. HP has recently announced the Pavilion dv3 series, which comes with the a 13.3″ LED lit screen and super multi DVD drive. It’s perfect device for those who are so lazy that they do not want to carry extra accessories with them. It is a worthy successor to the Pavillion dv2 series as that didn’t include the DVD driver and featured a smaller 12″ display.

hp Pavilion dv3

HP Pavilion dv3 has a AMD 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 8GB RAM, three USB ports, SATA combo and HDMI connector, which makes it a great overall deal. It is attractively priced at $799 for the base model. Truly, HP has not forgotten the proper notebook lovers. HP Pavilion dv3 page.

ThinkPad W700ds officially announced!

Remember the ThinkPad W700ds, which we mentioned about 2 weeks back? Well, during the CES 2009, they have officially announced the W700ds. The ThinkPad W700ds gives users prime screen real-estate as the first mobile workstation in the industry with two screens. Lenovo is calling it as the ultimate mobile workstation.

“The ThinkPad W700ds dual screen mobile workstation challenged our international development team to engineer a notebook to fit the way workstation users work – in the office and on the road,” said Mark Cohen, vice president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. “Bringing this level of innovation to the most extreme PC users required continually balancing size and functionality with keeping the PC cool and quiet. This mobile workstation is the result of where Lenovo innovation and performance intersect.”

Only time will tell, if the users really like the dual-screen concept. While this laptop workstation would be overkill for an average Joe, it will be actually be appreciated by those who desire the extra real-estate while working on documents. One thing to note is that the secondary display acts as a secondary monitor. This means that you cannot use a third monitor to extend the display, if the second monitor is in use.

Visit the W-series webpage

MSI X-Slim 320 – MSI’s answer to Apple Macbook Air

MSI is all set to introduce a 13.4-inch notebook, which runs Intel Atom processor. The display has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and weighs a modest 1.3kg. It is incredibly thin too having a depth of just 1.98cm. X-Slim 320 originally comes with a 4-cell battery inside it’s box, but there is also a 8-cell battery which can give you nearly 10 hours of battery life.

MSI X-Slim 320 - MSI's answer to Apple Macbook Air

It also comes with 3 USB ports,  RJ-45 port and card reader. With the rumored price of around $999, this clearly makes it more “bang for a buck” than the Apple’s Macbook Air, which also looks very similar to X-Slim 320 by MSI.

Coming back to the use of Intel Atom processor in MSI X-Slim 320, does this make it a netbook? I guess we will soon have to change the main definition of netbook to one of the following soon:

Any device bigger than 7″ that runs a full Desktop OS and is capable of accessing the Internet

or

Any device that runs Intel Atom processor

I admit the last definition is pretty vague considering the fact that the HP also has plans to use Atom processor in one of their upcoming Notebooks. Netbooks were origianally meant to act like those cheap mini-laptops that offered full desktop OS and could quickly connect us to the Internet. But now, as the Atom is now being used in bigger devices, should them also be considered as netbook?

What are you thoughts?

HP wants to use Intel Atom processors in the regular Notebooks.

HP is reportedly in negotiations with Intel to use the Intel Atom processor in the regular notebooks. Sadly, it would be difficult to do so as the Intel Atom was made to be run only on the netbooks and due to the restriction that they are allowed to be used only in the devices with 10.2″ or less, HP is going to have a hard-time convincing the Intel to use the Atom in their regular notebooks.

HP wants to use Intel Atom processors in the regular Notebooks

Well, it is true that the Intel don’t want the OEMs and companies to use the Intel Atom processor in the regular notebooks. But, the Dell mini 12 is a 12.1″ Netbook, which uses regular notebook resolution too (1280 x 800) uses hte Intel Atom processor. So, this means that Intel has infact allowed some companies to use Intel Atom processor in some devices.

Is the market ready for the netbooks breaking into 13-inch+ category? Well, not all people need the power of the Core 2 Duo or Dual-Core processors. Majority of the Notebook users use their devices for Internet and for running office productivity applications. Intel Atom has no problem running them.

HP has a great brand image and with high volume sales, HP may be able to get Intel convinced.

Also see: ASUS EEE 1000H running Vista with no problems. ASUS EEE 1000H with Windows 7

MSI VR705 – for Big Vision and Great Performance

MSI VR705 features in 17″ ACV widescreen display, which can display multiple windows, so you can work and watch movie with your family at the same time. Featuring slim appearance, along with a weight of at most 3.2kg (including battery), MSI VR705 is much more portable than other 17″ notebooks in the market. Not only provides top Operation Performance with Intel® Core™2 Duo processor, but also provides multimedia functions, VR705 is ideal for any environment, whether home, office, or school. With MSI exclusive ECO Engine, the outstanding and unique power saving management function, VR705 could extends the battery running time while performing different tasks. VR705 applied the exterior with an Aerodynamic and Elementary design, also concealing all the openings at the connecting edges.

With 1440×900 High-Resolution for the 17 inch LCD monitor, VR705 enables you to open many windows applets at once. Furthermore, the high accuracy board materials to go along with 1440× 900 High-Resolution can perfectly portraying a picture’s detail, letting you pleasantly enjoy at all times. Besides, built-in with a 1.3 mega pixel webcam and an internal mic, the VR705 enables you to engage in real-time sharing and live-video. Additionally, VR705 has a 4-in-1 card reader, and 3 well distributed USB 2.0 ports, facilitating connection with various types of computer peripherals.

We will post about it more as we come to know more about it

ASUS P552W Review – I am fast baby!

When was the last time you used a fast device? Let me say, a really fast device! If you have been an old Windows Mobile user, your memories may roll back to the Windows Mobile 2003 days. Well, ASUS has come up with the ASUS P552W, a device equipped with a very powerful Marvell Tavor 624MHz CPU promising super fast performance and with sleek and slim design, looks like ASUS has product that promises to be a winner among people.

Unboxing

All the usual stuff came into box. The box is simple and packaging is not similar to the ones of HTC. No HTC Diamond style box. Nothing flashy.

ASUS follows plain Jane approach: giving user simple experience while unboxing.

Following are the contents of the box:

  • ASUS P552W
  • mini-USB earphones
  • Charger
  • mini-USB cable (not ext-USB that the HTC uses)
  • 2 CDs: application CD and Activesync CD
  • 1100mAh battery
  • Glide user-interface guide
  • and some more papers

Design

The ASUS has followed the latest trend. The ASUS P552W follows the minimalistic design approach of not crowding the device with tonnes of buttons. It comes in black or white color. The unit I got was white in color. The body of it is shiny. So, it picks up fingerprints pretty easily. But, since the color is white, they are barely noticable. This may not be the case with the black unit.

On the left side, you can find the volume button, GPS antenna. On the top, you can find the power button. Continue reading “ASUS P552W Review – I am fast baby!”

Lenovo Thinkpad W700 – find my second screen if you can!

At first look, it looks like just another (bulky) (ugly) Lenovo laptop. But, this is one is different. It hides something that most of the other laptops don’t posses so far. It has a huge 10.2″ display hidden underneath the palm rest. Lenovo has worked very hard on the Thinkpad W700 to make it a super laptop. Beside the it’s hidden weapon, the 10″ screen, it comes with Intel Quad-core processor and internal color calibrato, which makes it a true mobile workstation!

If that was enough, it comes with NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M and 3700M Open GL graphics processors that give this beast up to 1 GB of dedicated video memory.

Regarding price, it costs a modest $3000!

Click here to visit W700 official page

Quick Look: Introducing the Palm Store – do not get too excited

Well, we definitely wanted it to be one to rival the Apple’s App Store. Sadly, this is not the case here. When I heard the “Palm Store” word a couple of days ago, I thought finally in Windows Mobile world, somebody has done something which should have been done a long time back.

Installation

It certainly rose my hopes a lot when I downloaded the 1.1MB exe from Palm’s website. I executed it on my PC and it installed a TINY 28KB application on my HTC Diamond. It obviously made me wondered how could Palm integrate the whole application in a tiny 28KB CAB file!

Alright, it installed it on my device and it looked very promising especially with that cart icon. I still had a lot of hopes with the 28KB application :)

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